Tigist Girma ready to defend Beirut Marathon title


Securing the services of the defending champion is normally a sign that a race is in fine shape. Tigist Girma, winner of last year’s Blom Bank Beirut Marathon, will return to the Lebanese capital for the IAAF Silver Label Road Race on 12 November.
The 24-year-old Ethiopian surprised many with her victory a year ago running the second half of the race pretty much alone. It was also her third marathon of the year. Still, she recorded a time of 2:32:48.
Earlier this year, 11 June, Tigist was invited to run the Lanzhou Marathon in China. Again she finished on the podium claiming second place in a new personal best time of 2:32:15. Clearly, though, she is not satisfied with her times and has ambitions beyond 2:30.
Beirut event record is 2:29:15 set in 2014 by her compatriot, Mulahabt Tsega. Changes to the course, including the elimination of an infamous climb along the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, should help Tigist in her quest for a new personal best if not an event record.
Tigist lives with her boyfriend in Addis. She moved from her childhood home in Sheshemane to Addis just two years ago to pursue a professional running career and trains under the guidance of veteran coach Haji Adilo. When she is not training or recovering from the hard sessions she enjoys watching movies at home or attending church.